Death in the Clouds (Poirot)

June 18, 2016 - Comment

A woman is killed by a poisoned dart in the enclosed confines of a commercial passeneger plane…From seat No.9, Hercule Poirot was ideally placed to observe his fellow air passengers. Over to his right sat a pretty young woman, clearly infatuated with the man opposite; ahead, in seat No.13, sat a Countess with a poorly-concealed

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A woman is killed by a poisoned dart in the enclosed confines of a commercial passeneger plane…From seat No.9, Hercule Poirot was ideally placed to observe his fellow air passengers. Over to his right sat a pretty young woman, clearly infatuated with the man opposite; ahead, in seat No.13, sat a Countess with a poorly-concealed cocaine habit; across the gangway in seat No.8, a detective writer was being troubled by an aggressive wasp. What Poirot did not yet realize was that behind him, in seat No.2, sat the slumped, lifeless body of a woman.

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John Austin says:

Murder at the hands of Hercule Poirot? The mid 1930s were some of the best years of the so-called “Golden Age of Detective Fiction” in Britain. Most practitioners belonged to the Detection Club, they reviewed and promoted one another’s books publically and privately they shared and re-worked one another’s ideas. An example of this literary cross-fertilization may be seen when Freeman Wills Crofts’ “The 12.30 From Croydon”, 1934, and “Agatha Christie’s “Death In the Clouds”, 1935, are compared. Both books begin with a passenger plane…

Anonymous says:

Sudden Twist A murder on an aircraft? Right, and within just a few feet of detective Hercule Poirot! I haven’t read many books by Christie, but I knew this was going to be a good one… 

Antoinette Klein says:

When Poirot Travels, Murder is Always on Board This book (also published as “Death in the Air”) is vintage Christie because of the way she has a murder committed in a roomful (in this case planeful) of people and yet no one can see this audacious murder being committed. Unfortunately for our killer, Hercule Poirot happens to be on board this flight from Paris to London! 

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